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The Easiest Language

The Easiest Language

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Published by Wesley E Arnold
The Easiest Language is a short scientific study that identifies the easiest language to learn. It is based on real research and facts not political or ethnic bias. Part two is a tutor in which one can learn this language in 1/10 the time of any other language. It is already used in over 100 countries.
The Easiest Language is a short scientific study that identifies the easiest language to learn. It is based on real research and facts not political or ethnic bias. Part two is a tutor in which one can learn this language in 1/10 the time of any other language. It is already used in over 100 countries.

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The Easiest Language proven byscientific studiesand practice.
By professor Wesley E Arnold MA
This book may be freely copied and circulated.I give it free to the world in hopes of saving lives because there are thousands of lives lost and muchsuffering due to language misunderstanding.If you ask many people and even look at many web sites you will get many different answers almostnone of which are based on research.This report is based on real research by scientists and even includes results of a masters degree thesisand beginning doctoral dissertation which was an empirical (scientifically provable) study on whatwould be the easiest language to learn for all peoples of the world.The easiest language would be easier to learn than all other languages. It would not have hundreds of irregular verbs or thousands of ambiguous words. It would not have thousands of idioms that areexpressions that even if you know all of the words the meaning is different and has to be memorized. Itwould have words that are pronounced as spelled and spelled as pronounced. The pronunciation would be simplified. All verbs would follow a regular form. Its grammar would not be full of exceptions. Theeasiest language would not force you to memorize thousands of endings and or genders. It would havea lot of words that you would recognize. There would have to be books about it and literature available.
It would have to have been a proven language used by all ages and professional persons.This report will not tell you what you want to hear but rather just give you the facts. There are no politics here nor national favoritism just scientific facts.And the answer you will see will be a win win for everyone. Now we are speaking below of the average learner with average learning abilities. There are a fewgifted people who can pick up new languages as adults much quicker than the rest of us. Note childrenachieve fluency in 8 or so years while their minds are fresh and not fixed to set language patterns. Thatis over 70,000 hours. Adults usually require longer times than children.Well the easiest language is not Latin, Greek or any of the ancient languages because they all haveexceedingly difficult verb forms and obsolete difficult grammar.How about French. Well you have to learn about 85 verb forms and endings and you must learngenders for each noun. Many schools teach French and the vast majority of students even after severalyears of classes are laughed at and find it exceedingly difficult to speak it in France. After years of study they can't understand much and can't speak it. So it is certainly not a language that is easilylearned. Recent research shows about 40,000 hours of study and practice for fluency. This translatesinto many years of study for most people. Many people have studied French for ten years and are stilllaughed at in France.What about German. It has some words like English. But you have to memorize genders of everynoun. You have to memorize hundreds of weird grammatical endings. There are some irregular verbforms but not as difficult as French or Latin. At least the pronunciation is simple and fairly easy tolearn. But that does not make it an easy language to learn. Thousands of hours of memorization and practice are required for fluency. Takes at least several years of study and practice for fluency for most people. I know as an American English speaker I lived in Germany for 3 years but even after 3 yearsmy German was often laughed at by the Germans.OK teachers favorite choice for the easiest language in the US is Spanish. Pronunciation not difficulteven if it is a little strange. But how you learn the pronunciation will determine your understanding andunderstandability depending on which country you are in. The Spanish you learn in school stands a bigchance of not being the Spanish you will be forced to try to understand later. But oh dear thosehundreds of genders have to be memorized. And the verb forms are a big hassle. Some words are likeEnglish but not that many to be a big help. And there are other irregularities. So teachers often stySpanish is the easiest language for Americans to learn.
But then if that is true why can't most students speak and understand it after four years of classes in it?
And also the dialect you learn in school is not the standard dialect in many countrieswhich means even if you become fluent in that dialect you will have great difficulty understanding and be understood in many other Spanish speaking countries.And when they visit Spain many report being almost totally lost in understanding and fluency. Many people have studied Spanish for years and still aren't fluent in it. Many people having studied it for years still feel lost in real life conversational settings. So therefore Spanish fails the test for the easiestlanguage.
What about English. All of us native English speakers find it the easiest for us because we learned it tofluency as a child. Of course this is true. But the Chinese, Russian, Eskimo or Hungarian all feel their language is the easiest for them. Alute and Hungarian are noted for being particularly difficult. Englishgrammar as grammar goes is surprisingly easy compared to other languages. But think back did youfind English grammar easy. English has 1400 grammar rules with hundreds of exceptions. The problem isn't the grammar it is the thousands of exceptions. Is there a rule without an exception?English is the largest language with over one million words and the most widespread. It is one of the"easier languages",
although it is abut 100 times as difficult as the easiest language
. But Englishsuffers some major problems: It holds the record for the most words not spelled as spoken (estimatedto be over 500,000). Over half of its words are not spelled as pronounced. It has the worst spelling inthe world. It holds the record for the most irregular verbs 283 (Guinness 147).It has over 8,000 idioms. It has hundreds of words that present continuing problems even to nativespeakers. An idiom is a group of words which even if you know the meaning of every word themeaning is different and you still have to memorize the different meaning. English has a huge amountof slang and jargon which adds extra burden to learners. Many phrases in English are often idiomaticand have to be memorized.It has the most ambiguous vocabulary of all languages. The word "set" for example has 58 noun usesand 126 verb uses. The English word 'inebriated' has 2,241 synonyms. The English word 'isosceles'has 259 spellings and 'cushion' has about 400 spellings (McFarian, 1990 p 144). That is that manywords have many meanings many of them conflicting or uncertain. Many words are not logical andsimilar words sometimes have opposite meanings. When one adds up all of these factors there is atremendous amount of memorization work.It has words that are too long for common use such as the English word praetertranssubstantiational-istically (37 letters). The longest real word is floccipaucinihilipilification (from the Oxford EnglishDictionary) 29 letters (McFarian, 1990, 144-146). The English vocabulary contains 490,000 words plus 300,000 technical terms the most of any language. "but it is doubtful in any individual uses morethan 60,000; The membership in the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (no admission for IQ's below 148 have an average vocabulary of 36,250; Shakespeare employed a vocabulary of c.33,000 words (Guinness) English has the most duplicate words. There are hundreds of exceptions tothe over 1,400 grammar rules (Houghton-Mifflin).The Barron's Educational Series on languages lists well over 1001 extra facts that need to bememorized in English. Charles Berlitz states that the average speaker uses about 2,800 differentEnglish words daily. The Sunday newspaper has about 25,000 words. He states that well readspeakers can recognize 25,000-50,000 words (Berlitz, 1982, 137). Charles Berlitz also states thatEnglish has a vocabulary more than twice the size of any other language and the next in size is German(1982, 311). Mario Pei states that every (national) language is "laden with idioms" (1949, 144).Charles Berlitz states that one of the big disadvantages of English is its "nonphonetic spelling.Onesplendid example is the phrase 'though a rough cough and hiccough plough me through'--in which-ough is pronounced six different ways" (1982, 314).English has many difficulties and often takes average people over 10 years to master the speakingand writing. Many students of English, even after many years of study, still make many grammaticalerrors in speaking and cannot write a business letter.Enough of speculation. The research shows that there is one language that is clearly easier to learn thanall other languages in the world. Below is a research chart showing language difficulty levels for the

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